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Happy Birthday - April 18: Popson

We'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to senior Lady Vol golfer Erica Popson!

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Happy Birthday - April 9: Blair, Newell, Walls

Happy Birthday on April 9 to senior hurdler/sprinter Bianca Blair, sophomore golfer AJ Newell and senior football defensive lineman Marlon Walls.

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Smith Wraps Up First LPGA Event

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Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith competed in her first LPGA event over the weekend at the 2013 ISPS HANDA Australian Open in Canberra, Australia. Smith tied for 80th out of a field of 157 competitors.

The Riverside, Calif., native wrapped up the tournament 4-over par 296. She posted a 1-under 72 card in the first and second rounds each, while hitting even-par 73 in the third round. She finished the fourth and final round at 6-over 79. The top 82 competitors from the first and second rounds moved on to the third and fourth rounds.

Through the tournament, Smith notched one eagle and 11 birdies.

Smith's next LPGA event takes place March 14-17 at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix, Ariz.

For complete results, click here.

Mansson Finishes 28th at LPGA International Legends

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Former Lady Vol Nathalie Mansson finished in a tie for 28th at the LPGA International Legends Tournament, a part of the Suncoast Ladies Series.

Mansson shot a first-round score of 7-over par 79, followed by a second-round comeback of 1-over par 73. The Swede carded a final round score of 4-over 76 to wrap up the tournament at 12-over par 228 in a field of 57 competitors.

The next Suncoast Ladies Series event for Mansson takes place February 25-27 at the Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Fla.

To see final results of the event, click here.

Smith Starts 2013 on Ladies European Tour

Former Lady Vol golfer Nicole Smith has kicked off 2013 competing on the Ladies European Tour at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open. 

At the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland, Australia, Smith came in a tie for 45th, finishing with a 5-over par 221. Through three rounds the Riverside, Calif, native carded nine birdies, six of which she recorded in the second round alone. 

Smith tied for 72nd out of a field of 143 competitors at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch, New Zealand. In two rounds, she posted a 6-over par 150. After a first round score of 8-over par 70, Smith bounced back shooting 2-under par 70, notching five birdies in the round. Only the top 55 players advanced to the final round.

Smith wraps up February at the ISPS Handa Women´s Australian Open the 14th-17th in Canberra, Australia as part of the LPGA Tour.  

Happy Birthday - Feb. 12 Chessey Thomas

A happy birthday shoutout to Lady Vol golfer Chessey Thomas who turns 21 today! 

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Chessey shares her birthday with Abraham Lincoln!

Smith Moves Into a Tie For Lead

After shooting 4-under par 68 in the second round at the Daytona Beach Invitational, Nicole Smith has taken a share of the lead. The former Lady Vol racked up seven birdies to bring her two-round total to 7-under par 137 to become one step closer to earning her LPGA card.

Smith is currently tied with Courtney Massey and Daniela Iacobelli for the lead. The Riverside, Calif., product tees off for the final round at 9:35 a.m. Sunday. You can view the complete list of pairings for round 2 here and live stats of the tournament are available here.

Smith has been part of the Symetra Tour's Volvik Race for the Card. The top-10 finishers on the money list at the conclusion of the tour will earn their LPGA cards. Smith is currently ninth on the list.

Smith Two Rounds Away From LPGA Card

Former Tennessee golfer Nicole Smith is two rounds away from becoming the fourth Lady Vol to earn her LPGA card.

Smith is competing in her final tournament of the Symetra Tour where she is currently ninth on the money list. The top 10 finishes earn their LPGA cards at the conclusion of the Symetra Tour, which is the Daytona Beach Invitational this weekend.

The Riverside, Calif., native is currently in a tie for third after the first round, where she carded 3-under par 69. Smith shot three birdies and one eagle on the day. Even with Smith after the first round is Sara-Maude Juneau, who is $372 behind Smith on the Symetra Tour money list.

Smith tees off her second round at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning. You can view the complete list of pairings for round 2 here.

Live stats of the tournament can be found here.

Happy Birthday - Sept. 24: Ryan Kilmartin & Sara Monberg

Happy Birthday on Sept. 24 to former men's basketball player Ryan Kilmartin and senior women's golfer Sara Monberg.

Ryan Kilmartin  Sara Monberg

Smith One Tournament Away from LPGA Card

Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith is becoming one step closer to punching her LPGA card as she tied for 23rd at the Vidalia Championship over the weekend.

Smith carded a 5-over par 221 total to contribute to her top-10 ranking on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. She currently is ranked ninth on the list with one tournament remaining, the Daytona Beach Invitational presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University next weekend.

Smith would become the fourth Lady Vol to earn her LPGA card, joining Angela Oh, Jessica Shepley and Young-A Yang.

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012
RankPreviousPlayerMoneyEvents Played
13Paola Moreno$50,293.0011
21Esther Choe$45,547.005
32Victoria Elizabeth$43,416.0015
415Thidapa Suwannapura$41,905.0012
54Mi Hyang Lee$38,786.0013
65Julia Boland$37,142.0015
77Jenny Gleason$35,592.0010
86Jenny Suh$33,467.0014
98Nicole Smith$32,536.0015
1017Sara-Maude Juneau$32,164.0014

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